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Saturday Night Live calls the authorities to report a ‘kook’ after Trump’s unhinged Florida Panhandle rally

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President Donald Trump was once again hilariously mocked on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

The show began by ripping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in the cold open.

They then turned their sights on the commander-in-chief during the “Weekend Update” segment with Colin Jost and Michael Che.

“Well guys, it turns out that Donald Trump may not be the financial genius that no one ever really thought he was,” Jost said. “According to tax documents from 1985 to 1994, Trump appears to have lost, ‘more money than any other American taxpayer.'”

“Now, I love that during that period when he was losing a billion dollars he had the audacity to write a book about how great he was at business,” he noted.

Trump was credited as a co-author with Tony Schwartz of the bestselling 1987 book Trump: The Art of the Deal.

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“It’s like if right now R. Kelly wrote a book on babysitting,” Jost said.

He also ripped on Fox News for the coverage of Trump that has resulted in many media analysts likening the network to state television.

“But somehow there are still Trump supporters who are trying to spin this into a good thing,” Jost noted.

He then played a clip from “Fox and Friends.”

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“If anything, you read this and you’re like, ‘wow, it’s pretty impressive all the things that he’s done in his life.’ It’s beyond what most of us could ever achieve,” a Fox News personality said.

“Come on, blonde lady, even you don’t believe that. I mean, you said the last part into your hand,” he pointed out.

Jost also covered Trump’s latest 2020 campaign re-election rally.

“President Trump held a rally in the Florida Panhandle this week and it was exactly what you’re imagining,” he said.

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He played multiple bizarre clips from the rally, including one of Trump saying, “so always keep your eyes open, be careful and let law enforcement know when you see a kook.”

Jost was then seen on his phone.

“Hello, kook squad?” he said.

“I know that speech didn’t sound very eloquent, but for the Florida Panhandle it was basically the Gettysburg address,” he added.

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How Teach for America evolved into an arm of the charter school movement

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When the Walton Family Foundation announced in 2013 that it was donating $20 million to Teach For America to recruit and train nearly 4,000 teachers for low-income schools, its press release did not reveal the unusual terms for the grant.

Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach For America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. The two-year grant was directed at nine cities where charter schools were sprouting up, including New Orleans; Memphis, Tennessee; and Los Angeles.

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Why do conservatives hate Oberlin College so much?

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When I was an undergraduate at Oberlin in the mid-Aughts, there was a student in my class year who was obsessed with 19th-century British Royal Naval culture. Every Friday evening, he would host a sing-along in a dorm lounge, for which he would bring xeroxes of historical sea shanty lyrics and pass them around so that we could sing along, waving our glasses of “grog.” This was a semi-established event — he had distributed flyers around campus advertising the weekly British Royal Naval sea-shanty singalong and grog-drinking event, which would extend late into the night. Though he was not a resident of the dorm where it took place, he was welcomed into the lounge by its members, and became a fixture of sorts.Like many well-endowed liberal arts schools in rural areas, Oberlin College functions as a sort of de facto social welfare state, and is designed to encourage and cultivate one’s passions, even if they are not strictly academic. Thus, after writing up a proposal for the student-run activities board, the same student, the British Royal Navy culture guy, was able to plan, organize and execute a ticketed Royal Naval Ball, held in the atrium of the science center. The event featured 20 dishes of authentic British era-appropriate cuisine, cooked by student chefs, several courses of wine and port, and a violinist present to play period-specific music. The whole affair culminated with a traditional, British partner line dance — its sole inauthenticity the fact that we didn’t pay attention to our dance partners’ genders the way the Brits would have.
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Here are 5 reasons why 2020’s down-ballot races could reshape America’s future

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The political press always tends to focus mostly on the marquee race for the White House but that's especially true this cycle, as Donald Trump runs for a second term. He demands attention and his antics enrage his opponents and delight his supporters in equal measure.

But national reporters risk missing the big picture by centering so much of their reporting at the top when many of the most important political battles in 2020 will take place further down the ballot.

Trump is catnip for reporters and their editors, but the dearth of coverage of downballot races didn't begin with his election. As the news media in general faces structural changes—with print circulation declining and much of their work moving into digital spaces that are more difficult to monetize--publishers have cut back on reporters assigned to the state and local government beat. Nevertheless, Trump has arguably worsened the trend by getting so much airtime— one estimate suggested that over the past four years, Trump has taken up, on average, 15 percent of the entire daily news cycle on the three leading cable networks, nearly three times what Obama did.

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